Cover image for Medal of Honor : portraits of valor beyond the call of duty
Medal of Honor : portraits of valor beyond the call of duty
Collier, Peter, 1939-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Artisan, [2003]

Physical Description:
xviii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
General Note:
Published in collaboration with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
Added Author:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library UB433 .C64 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
Central Library UB433 .C64 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
Hamburg Library UB433 .C64 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library UB433 .C64 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

On Order



On October 25, 2010, Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta became the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the United States' highest military decoration, and both he and Sergeant Leroy Petry (the second inductee) rightly take their place in the pages of this third edition of Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty . The book includes 144 contemporary portraits of recipients by award-winning photographer Nick Del Calzo and profiles by National Book Award nominee Peter Collier. First published on Veterans Day 2003, this New York Times bestseller has now been updated and augmented to include new essays plus:

* Letters from all living presidents * A foreword by Brian Williams * Profiles of Sergeant Giunta and Sergeant Petry

There are also essays by Tom Brokaw, Senator John McCain, and Victor Davis Hanson, and a multimedia DVD with historic footage and recipients' first-person reflections. The Medal of Honor recipients in the book fought in conflicts from World War II to Afghanistan, serving in every branch of the armed services.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

This group portrait of most of the living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor has an entry for each recipient, including a photo portrait at the time of the award, a summary of the medal-winning action and sometimes (though not often enough) the later career. The variety of actions documented by Collier (The Rockefellers) will impress even fairly seasoned students of military history, as will the 250 duotone portraits. They range from thumbnail period snapshots to full page close-ups of the lions in winter. Van Barfoot, of Choctaw descent, overcame minefields and German tanks in World War II. William Charette was one of numerous medics who fought with a first-aid kit and raw courage. Air Force Maj. George Day was a Vietnam War POW who received his medal for tenacious resistance in the Hanoi Hilton. Eugene Fluckey of the USS Barb is the last surviving submariner of World War II to receive the medal. The six-foot-seven-inch Robert Foley won the medal in a bunker complex in Vietnam and retired as a lieutenant general. And Shizua Hiyashi had to overcome prejudice as well as Germans to have his DSC upgraded to the medal 55 years after he won it in Italy. Courage is a key component of every medal recipient, and so is loyalty to both country and comrades, superior skills and dogged determination. (Nov. 11) Forecast: This makes an excellent companion to the recent Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words (Forecasts, July 14). These two titles will figure into a Veteran's Day events at 30 bookstores across the country on November 11, with appearances by recipients. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Google Preview